The members of Jacobite Syrian
Orthodox Church in Melbourne, Australia, bid farewell to
their vicar Rev. Fr. Ullas Varkey, the newly nominated
Bishop of Kozhikode Diocese. Fr. Ullas, in his
farewell speech at Church on Sunday, 3rd August, said
that it will be his last Holy Qurbono in that Church, as its
After the Holy Qurbono, a farewell
meeting was organized by the Church, which was attended by
Revered fathers from other Major Episcopal Churches. Trustee
Mr. Iwan John welcomed the gathering and Very Rev. Fr.
Sikander Cor-Episcopa of SOC, Rev. Fr. Chacko, Vicar of St.
Mary's Orthodox Church, Rev. Fr. Boby of Marthoma Church,
Rev. Fr. John, Fr. Dr. Santi and Fr. Jose from
Catholic Church delivered facilitation to the nominated
Mr. Joy Alexander, Vice President
of Melbourne Church, presented a memorable gift to Fr.
Ullas Varkey, on behalf of the parish. Mr.
George Kurian, Vice President of Youth Association also
presented a gift to the Vicar. The Secretary Mr.
Thomas Abraham, Mrs. Susan George, Vice-Principal of
Sunday School, Mrs. Madhu Iwan, Vice President of Martha
Mariam Vanitha Samajam also delivered facilitation and
Mr. Jacob Cherian proposed the
vote of thanks.
In his reply speech, Fr. Ullas
Varkey expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to
every member of the parish for their support extended to him
during his tenure as the Vicar. He also expressed his
thanks to the special guests of the day. The farewell
meeting witnessed several emotional scenes and it was
concluded with the prayer by the Vicar.
Source: T J Eldose, Member of SOCM
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